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John Constantine was born with the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living.
Action Horror Thriller - This is a supernatural/horror thriller--not the slam-bang
action film that the advertising makes it out to be. While there
are some brief action scenes, visuals, effects, and atmosphere are
the main course here.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 6 S-words, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Bloody beatings/killings/burnings of people, demons, and other creatures. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Fights and chases. COMEDY: Some darkly humorous dialogue.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average An uneven amalgamation of the brilliant and the preposterous, Constantine left me by turns intrigued, confused, and wary. The recipe calls for some ingredients that are compelling, others that are audacious, and others that are downright maddening.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average No, 'Constantine' is not part of a trilogy including 'Troy' and 'Alexander.' It's not about the emperor at all, but about a man who can see the world behind the world, and is waging war against the scavengers of the damned.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Constantine couldn't be murkier or less emotionally involving if it were The Matrix 8, a natural observation because Keanu Reeves stars in both.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 195 moviegoer opinions. Very Good but not great best describes these opinions. As could be expected, teen males enjoyed it the most. As the age increases the opinion level decreases, but not by very much. I can easily recommend "Constantine" to all ages of males. Only a very small percentage didn't care for it.
As for the ladies, age didn't make much difference at all. About one-half to three-quarters really enjoyed "Constantine," rating it "Very Good" or higher. Better than half of the remaining opinions were "Good," which indicates an average/OK movie. Only a small percentage didn't care for it at all. I can easily recommend "Constantine" to the ladies as well.
Born with a gift he didn't want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine (KEANU REEVES) was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now, marked as an attempted suicide with a temporary lease on life, he patrols the earthly border between heaven and hell, hoping in vain to earn his way to salvation by sending the devil's foot soldiers back to the depths.
But Constantine is no saint. Disillusioned by the world around him and at odds with the one beyond, he's a hard-drinking, hard-living bitter hero who scorns the very idea of heroism. Constantine will fight to save your soul but he doesn't want your admiration or your thanks - and certainly not your sympathy.
All he wants is a reprieve.
When a desperate but skeptical police detective (RACHEL WEISZ as Angela Dodson) enlists his help in solving the mysterious death of her beloved twin sister (also played by Weisz), their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldly events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.